Lee Teitel is the faculty director of the RIDES project. Lee teaches courses on integrated schools and leading and coaching for equity and diversity. He also teaches about leadership development, partnership and networking, and understanding organizations and how to improve them. Before launching RIDES, he was the founding director and then faculty senior associate of the Executive Leadership Program for Educators, a five-year collaboration of Harvard Graduate School of Education, Business School, and Kennedy School of Government that focused on bringing high quality teaching and learning to scale in urban and high need districts.
Teitel's research focuses on principal and superintendent leadership development, on interorganizational collaboration and other partnerships, especially between schools and universities, and on improvement of teaching and learning through approaches like Instructional Rounds. As a consultant, he has worked with numerous individual partnerships, networks, and with statewide school and teacher improvement efforts, as well as with urban and high-needs districts in the U.S. and Canada. He has facilitated or helped launch instructional rounds networks in ten states in the United States and in Australia, Canada, and Sweden. Teitel has coached individual superintendents, helped set up ongoing learning networks among superintendents and among principals, and has worked with intact leadership teams to help them support school and district improvement.
Teitel is co-author, (with Liz City, Richard Elmore, and Sarah Fiarman) of Instructional Rounds in Education: A Network Approach to Improving Teaching and Learning (Harvard Education Press, 2009). His most recent book is School-Based Instructional Rounds: Improving Teaching and Learning Across Classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2013).
Teitel has taught at HGSE since 1999 as a part-time lecturer and then visiting professor (2004-2005). He came to HGSE full-time in 2006, after more than 15 years in teaching and writing about educational leadership at the University of Massachusetts Boston, where he was full professor and associate chair of the Department of Leadership in Education.